Ouray County reports 13th case of COVID-19


A woman in her 70s has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing Ouray County's total number of cases to 13.

The woman was tested at Montrose Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, and the test results came back positive today, Ouray County Emergency Manager Glenn Boyd said. He didn't know whether the woman is currently in the hospital or at home.

It is the first case of COVID-19 reported in Ouray County since a woman in her 50s tested positive on July 3. Ouray County has reported one death — a man in his 80s — in relation to COVID-19.

The health department is conducting free testing for those who have come into contact with those who have known cases of the virus, as well as people who are symptomatic. For more information on testing please call the information hotline at 970-626-5484.

The positive test was announced on the same day that Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask order. The mandate requires everyone 11 and older to wear a facial covering while in public indoor spaces. The order takes effect at midnight and runs for at least the next 30 days. There is a medical exemption to the order. Ouray County commissioners adopted a mandatory mask ordinance on July 3 that was scheduled to stay in effect until at least Aug. 1.